Kitchen Remodel Steps
Filmmaker and cookbook author Anna Thomas once said "we all eat, and it would be a waste of opportunity to eat badly." Food is a unique way to express creativity, culture, and friendship, so what is to be done when the place to create food isn't quite what it could be? Remodel, of course! Kitchen remodels are quite common, but can also be a daunting task- especially if this is the first remodel a person has tackled. There are many useful tips, tricks, and tools out there available to homeowners who are looking to spice up their cooking space, it's just a matter of diving in and getting started.
The best place to start when looking to tackle such a project would be contemplating and answering a few important questions about the current uses of the kitchen as well as what things need to be altered in order to increase functionality. First, what is the main purpose of the kitchen? Some people are quite busy and mainly use the kitchen as a place to house leftovers, freezer meals, and snacks. A large kitchen that is fully stocked with appliances may not necessarily be the direction that would best suit this particular remodel. On the other hand, some people cook every day, thoroughly enjoying the thrill of creating intricate meals and boasting about their many appliances- many of which don't have a place to be in a small kitchen. Regardless of where on that scale a potential remodeller sits, it's important to establish what exactly is required of the kitchen in order to maximize space, functionality, flow, and organization. Keep in mind that there may be hidden problems that may creep in and eat up some of your budget. This can include warped floors that need leveling, faulty wiring to outlets, and old plumbing that needs to be fixed or moved. Smaller things to think about include whether you need a new layout for your kitchen and whether your kitchen also doubles as a dining space.
Once you have evaluated the previous questions, it's time to move on to the planning. What does your dream kitchen look like? It may be that you don't have room in the budget for all of the fancy details, but when remodeling, it's important to keep in mind that you may want to add on and continue upgrading your kitchen in the future. Different places that are great to check out for inspiration include Pinterest, magazines, and even hardware stores. Keep an eye out for styles and deals that would make your heart sing if you were to have them in your kitchen.
Set some goals for what you are looking to accomplish- i.e. if you need a better flow, make a note of exactly what you need from the flow of your kitchen. This is the time to decide if you need new cabinets, floors, appliances, and so on. Make sure to set a budget that you are comfortable with to ensure that you don't get to the end of your project and regret spending more money than anticipated to remodel. Decide at this point if there are things that you are going to complete yourself, or if you will need to hire a professional. Some things, like rewiring and plumbing, should be done by someone who is knowledgeable about these things in order to prevent problems later on down the line. Other things, like painting, are a lot easier to take on yourself and don't necessarily need a professional paint team. Make sure to include any costs of hiring people in your budget. You can interview different contractors to make sure you are working with someone you trust to help you complete your vision. Get estimates and advice about things that may need fixing before digging into the full remodel. If you are looking to expand your kitchen space by knocking out a wall, speaking with a professional will ensure that the process for doing so won't mess up other things. For example, if your wall is load bearing, a contractor may have ideas for how to make sure your house won't fall down. Don't be afraid to ask for help.
When choosing your appliances, counters, and other products, you can typically head to a Home Depot or Lowe's to check things out in person. Doing so can help you to make sure that different aspects of the kitchen won't clash, but instead maintain a steady aesthetic. Some stores may even give you discounts for full remodels being supplied by them. If you decide to go this route, make sure to shop around and that will help to ensure that you can get the most bang for your buck.
At this point, you have mapped out most of the remodel and are just about ready to dig in and create your new dream space, but don't forget to check out the rooms surrounding your kitchen. One of the most often overlooked aspects of interior design is making sure that there is a good flow within a room, but also that one room doesn't stick out like a sore thumb when sandwiched between other rooms.
Now is the time to get in there and achieve your dreams by renovating your space. It's amazing how much work can go into a remodel, but in terms of comfort, being in a space that is catered to your personal needs will help improve mood and productivity, which can make your time spent cooking in the kitchen a better experience. Enjoy turning your kitchen into the heart of your home.